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Saturday, May 2 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Unvarnished: Telling the Truth about Aging FULL

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How can we enlarge our experience of aging in a culture that instills fear and self-loathing? Listen to Gail Thomas, Mary Clare Powell, Sally Bellerose, and Terry S. Johnson read their poems about bodies, sex, class, family and dying with humor, grace and authenticity. Grappling with issues of caretaking and caregiving, loss and grief, as well as freedom and joy, these well-crafted poems of substance are delivered by writers who are also engaging readers. Their books and lively readings have found a wide audience across the state. Whether you are "of a certain age" or looking for models of positive, outrageous aging, you will be moved.

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Gail Thomas

Poet & Educator
Gail Thomas has published three books of poetry, Waving Back (Turning Point), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s), and Finding the Bear (Perugia). Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, Hanging Loose, The Evergreen Chronicles, North American Review, The Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, and The Naugatuck River Review. She is the recipient of... Read More →

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Sally Bellerose

Sally Bellerose’s poetry is featured in Lady Business, Sibling Rivalry. Her novel The Girls Club, Bywater Books, won many awards including an NEA Fellowship. Her current project Fishwives features old women behaving badly. Excerpts won first place in the 2012 and 2014 Saints and Sinners contest (and she got to give featured reading and misbehave in New Orleans), excerpts appeared in BLOOM Literary Magazine and an the Catholic literary journal... Read More →
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Terry S. Johnson

Terry S. Johnson has explored careers as a newspaper advertising clerk, a library assistant and a professional harpsichordist before serving as a public school teacher for over twenty-five years. She earned her M.F.A. in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published in many anthologies and journals. Her first book entitled Coalescence was published in 2014 by WordTech Communications and won an honorable mention award in the... Read More →
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Mary Clare Powell

Dr. Mary Clare Powell is a professor at Lesley University in the Creative Arts in Learning Division where she teaches poetry in this M.Ed. program in integrated arts to teachers across the country. In the last 25 years, she has published books on women and the future; the arts, education, and social change; and five books of poetry--Things Owls Ate, Academic Scat, In the Living Room, and the latest Box of Water, whichgrew out of swimming every... Read More →

Saturday May 2, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Hawthorne Library

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